Faqs and Disclaimers

GYPSY SKULL TATTOO - Tattoo & Body Piercing Studio, 947 Carlisle Street, Hanover, PA 17331
Phone: 717-634-2274 Email: gypsyskulltattoo@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for my tattoo appointment?
What to do the day of your tattoo:
  • Eat a big meal beforehand.
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Avoid alcohol the day before and the day of your tattoo.
  • Don't take any painkillers or illicit drugs.
  • Pack snacks, a non-alcoholic drink, phone charger, and cash for your tip.
  • Take a shower and wear deodorant!
  • Dress comfortably and in dark colors to avoid ink and blood stains.
  • Stretch, calm down, and set aside more time than you think you will need.
What aftercare steps should I follow for my tattoo?
  • Using the wash, apply, and dry method, clean your tattoo at least 3-5 times a day.
  • Use hot water (the hottest you can stand) to open your pores and clean out your tattoo.
  • Apply non-scented and anti-bacterial soapand work it into a lather using your hands.
  • Using cold water, rinse off the soap. The cold water willhelp seal the newly cleaned pores.
  • Pat dry and apply Aquaphor ® Healing Ointment or Curel ® Ultra Healing Lotion after every cleaning and any time to prevent the area from becoming dry.
What shouldn't I do after getting my tattoo?
  • Do NOT get into pools, hottubs, creeks, etc. or soak for a prolonged period of time for 2-3 weeks.
  • Do NOT tan for a minimum of 30 days.
  • Do NOT shave the area for a minimum of 30 days.
  • Do NOT scratch or pick at your tattoo.
What's your policy on touch-ups?
  • Prior to being touched up, the tattoo must be healed. There should be no shininess, scabbing, roughness, or white spots (negative bacteria)
  • Touch-ups, when done for free, are only done on the artist's regularly schedule days, and never on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
  • We will not offer free touch-ups on any tattoo that was done less than 30 days or more than 6 months ago.
  • If the artist feels the touch-up is required because of improper aftercare, poor cleaning, excessive exposure to the sun or tanning beds, unapproved aftercare products, or anything on the list of things we ask you not to do, you may be required to pay at least the shop minimum ($50.00) or more to have the tattoo touched up.
What can I expect from a healing piercing?
Body Piercings
  • Redness, crustiness, oozing, and soreness
  • Swelling off and on
  • Irritation bubbles appearing off and on
Oral Piercings
  • Redness, crustiness, oozing, and soreness
  • Swelling lasting up to two weeks
How do I care for my body piercing?
  • Healing ranges from 1-12 months depending on the piercing
  • Wash your piercing thoroughly twice daily for the entire healing process with Provon ® or Dial ® Gold
  • Do NOT get any products such as makeup, moisturizers, or hair care products in your healing piercing
  • NEVER us alcohol, peroxide, or ANY type of ointments on your piercings
  • Keep all hands, mouths, and pets off of healing piercings
  • Never bandage your healing piercings
  • never change your jewelry before your piercing is fully healed
  • Take any anti-inflammatories as needed for swelling
  • Do not submerge in water for one month (pools, oceans, baths, etc.)
  • NO tanning beds with a healing piercing
How do I care for an oral piercing?
  • Healing ranges from 4-8 weeks depending on the piercing
  • Wash you piercing thoroughly throughout the entire healing process using an alcohol free mouthwash every time you eat, drink or smoke. (For oral piercings that are both inside and outside of the mouth, follow aftercare instructions for body piercings AND oral piercings
  • Keep all hands, mouths, and pets off all healing piercings
  • Never change jewelry before it is fully healed
  • Take any anti-inflammatories as needed for swelling
  • Do not submerge in water for one month (pools, oceans, baths, etc.)
  • NO tanning beds with a healing piercing
What aftercare steps should I follow for genital piercings?
  • Urinate after cleaning piercing with soap and water if piercing is located around the urethra.
  • Use barriers during sexual activity.
  • Clean with provided solution following sexual activity.
  • Wear only titanium, surgical steel, or bio-plastic jewelry.
What are signs of possible problems?
Always consult me BEFORE going to a doctor
  • Bright green, dark brown, or black puss
  • Swelling over the jewelry
  • A rash and/or hardness spreading out from the piercing
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Signs of migration or rejection (when the body tries to force out the jewelry)

Disclaimers

Minimum age for tattoos is 16. If you're a minor, you MUST bring a legal guardian with you. You both need state issued identification. Driver's license for parents and minor must have a matching last name AND address. If the minor does not have a matching license or doesn't have a license, they MUST bring their birth certificate along with a school ID, state issues photo ID card, or a passport.

Minimum age for piercings (excluding genitalia) is 15. If you're a minor, you MUST bring a legal guardian with you. You both need state issued identification. Driver's license for parents and minor must have a matching last name AND address. If the minor does not have a matching license or doesn't have a license, they MUST bring their birth certificate along with a school ID, state issues photo ID card, or a passport.

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